“Pride, a deeper love” is the unofficial June refrain courtesy C+C Music Factory and an official proclamation from President Obama. Yes, it’s June, and that means it’s Gay Pride Month.

St. Anthony Main is getting a jump on the festivities by presenting the Out Twin Cities Film Festival this coming weekend. The festival will begin tomorrow and run through Sunday.

Among the movies included in the fest’s roster is the documentary We Were Here, which shows the effects of the AIDS epidemic as shown through the people in San Francisco who have lived through the crisis. Their tales of hope and survival, pain and suffering, loss and renewal are all interweaved with skill by documentarians Bill Weber and David Weissman.

Another notable entry is Bullied, a brief documentary about a teenager who stood up to anti-gay bullying. The topic couldn’t be more timely, and the screening will include a tribute to Justin Aaberg, the Anoka High School student who committed suicide last year.

To make sure things don’t get too heavy, the fest also makes sure to give ample time to more diverting examples of recent gay cinema, with entries like the coming out screwball comedy You Should Meet My Son! and Kink Crusaders, an “adults only” look at the International Mr. Leather competition (which just took place last weekend in Chicago, incidentally).

To borrow another divalicious song lyric: Free your mind, and the Fest will follow.


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